Here’s our newest hand painted French Provincial bombé:
I don’t find much French Provincial furniture at estate sales, but this little guy grabbed my attention. We’ve handled so much Mid-Century Modern furniture lately — which we don’t usually paint — that I welcomed this piece.
He doesn’t have a stellar pedigree but he’s so cute! His original look was faux leather with gold filigree.
Annie Sloan’s Duck Egg Blue — I had some, so it went down as the base coat.
Once that dried I mixed different tones of Duck Egg and Old White and set to work. I wanted to create an Old World patina using light and shadow. This process is always a judgment call, in that I work on a section until I’m satisfied with the mix of tones. I wait for that section to dry and adjust as needed.
I finished up by dry brushing touches of Old White and French Linen and then Clear Waxed. He still needed something, so I lightly distressed to add interest and texture.
Here’s something I learned: there’s a bombe (pronounced BOM) dessert and a bombé (with the accent, it’s pronounced bom-BEY) piece of furniture. That means you may place the bombe (BOM) on the bombé (bom-BEY), like this:
Or the bombé (bom-BEY) on the bombe (BOM), like this:
For another example of my layering technique, check out this Empire Revival library table.
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Ann Marie and David